PUTOLINE HARE SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 Rd 2 – MAESHAFN – MOLD APRIL 2016 WOR EVENTS
“The Putoline Hare Scrambles 2016 series continued where it left off at Rd 1at Baden Hall last month with Round 2 taking place at Maeshafn, Nr Mold in testing conditions to say the least.. Another bumper entry supported the series and all the riders lined up for the 10:30am start. The race would again be split into 2 hours for some classes and 2.5 hours for the higher skill groups. WOR Events had produced a fast, flowing and demanding track that was around 5 miles a lap in length and with conditions slippery under foot it was skill determination and pace that would prosper on the day. The circuit was a true multy lap enduro course.
Upcoming enduro star, Billy Bolt, The Young 18 Year old ex trials rider from Newcastle was in scintillating form and eventually by the 1 hour 35 mark had pushed his way through to the front of the race and made it his own. The KORR KTM 300 2t Rider looked really fast by the end in the drying conditions he was simply uncatchable for the rest of the pack to reel in. Things earlier at the Sharp end of the race where different though with the Top 4 Riders really having a ding dong. Early leader was Beta mounted James Dent and he kept in the mix until a DNF forced him out at lap 9. Sherco rider, Lee Sampson was going great guns too until an unfortunate crash gave him a dislocated shoulder and Enduro legend Andy Edwards kept the riding true on his big 450 MX Honda. Gethin Humphreys was a sad man on the day, He had pulled out a massive lead on the Husky 300 2t and looked in simply stunningly fast form around the demanding track but on lap 10, an Hour and a half in, disaster struck as he was left stranded on the track out of fuel with a very unkind DNF. Ray Rowson was back in attendance at WOR for only his 2nd ever Enduro event, Always fast and committed, Rowson pushed his 300 2t Husky right from the start and was never far from the front, in fact Rowson lead the race on several occasions’ showing with more Hare Scrambles time under his belt he will certainly be making a push for the win. He eventually finished a very well deserved Runner Up matching Billy Bolts 17 laps (the only 2 riders to do so). George Price again another rider mounted on a 300 Husky was made up to take the final podium place with yet another consistent and committed ride to earn some vital series points.
Chris Wagstaff on his new YAMAHA WR250 2t was again the Top Expert Vet and had a comfortable win in class and a fine 6th Overall. Waggy led from start to finish and eventually had a 4 minute plus advantage over Kev Freeman. Freeman himself was going great guns and matched Waggy’s 15 laps. Paul Mcsorely was out on his 4t Yamaha and put in a great shift to take third spot on 14 laps.
Ryan Shacklady is another young rider in great form and is hoping to take the Clubman class this year in this particular series. The way he’s going after two rounds could see him do just that. Shacko did 15 laps and was the only rider in class to do so. His usual bar banging buddy in class, Paul Engerlen was an early leader but a snapped chain put paid to his day. Raife Mcdonald took hold of the lead in class at one stage too and he eventually finished 3rd after tiring towards the end. Runner up in the middle of Shacklady and Mcdonald was Vinny Mullen. Mullen never gives up and showed his tough, northern farming strength as he stayed strong to the end.
Gary Morely, the builder from Yorkshire rode a very neat race with lots of speed and skill to top the Clubman Vets class. Morely eased the ill sounding KTM around to take an almost clear lap advantage over Runner Up, Ryan Fallows. Fallows going well himself too with some very neat and smooth riding. Stacey Greensall dug deep to take a well earned finish and secure himself some vital series points and the last place on the podium. In the Over 50’s it was that man again, Colin Griffiths on his 300 KTM that wa sthe man to beat with a superb 11 lap ride in the 2hr groups. Runner Up over 50 was Mick Belcher with Duncan Humphreys in a solid third place.
After a slight mix up with classes there were a few riders changed around after the results presentation which changed a few of the placing in certain groups starting with the Sportsman. Young Josh Haith was in fantastic form and really is one young rider to keep an eye on. Winning the class and the 2hr race overall he was flying on the little Husky. Runner up in Sportsman was another improving rider, Aden Overend. Overend finishing 6 minutes clear of 3rd place Matt Connell whom did most of the race stuck in 4th gear, No mean feat indeed!!
Top Sportsman Vet was Emrys Price with a fine win from Runner Up Lee Sephton and 3rd placed Jon Malone. All 3 riders on 9 laps each.
Ryan Holland took the spoils in the Youth class with Sam Davies going great guns behind him to take the Silver award and Archie Collier in 3rd place. All 3 doing 9 laps. Sam was scored in the wrong class and he was declared winner of the 85cc group when in fact he should have been in the normal Youth Class, Moving him into the correct class altered the days top 3. All the youth riders doing well in the trying conditions.
Over in the 85cc Group it was Young Sion Hughes that took a well earned win from Runner up Haydn Tyrer and Frank Skillin in 3rd spot.
Ben Hurley rolled up his sleeves and pushed hard in the last two or 3 laps to put easily quicker times in than his peers and took the class win from Runner Up Ben Martindale with them both on 10 laps and 3rd Placed Liam Bellfield rounding out the podium. Despite the conditions a great race was had by all as you would expect at the demanding Maeshafn.
The WOR team pulled out all the stops to make the event happen and would once again like to thank all involved in supporting the series from Putoline as Sponsors through to the staff, medics, Caterers, Land owners and of course the biggest thanks goes to the Riders for making it all happen.
The next rd of the PUTOLINE SERIES is the 8th May at th club’s brilliant 10 mile lap special at Clatter nr Newtown.
WOR Events next event is next weekend at a Brand new venue Nr Corwen for a RED Saturday and Sunday’s Michelin XCE series rd 1.
Report: Keith Williams
RESULTS STATS/ LAPTIMES ETC:http://www.kr3w.co.uk/WOR_RaceStats/results.php?TargetEvent=87